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331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731
Daily: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Extended hours Memorial Day-Labor Day: Saturday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Free Weekend Activities
Explore Manasquan Reservoir with your family and friends! Each backpack contains all you need to make your self-guided nature walk filled with adventure and exploration! Use of the backpack is free but you must leave your valid NJ drivers license with the docent. The contents of the backpacks will change seasonally.
The Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center is dedicated to providing experiences of learning and discovery related to wetlands ecology and wildlife and habitat protection. Through interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, educational activities for schools and community groups, and wildlife observation areas, visitors gain an understanding of the importance of water in our world.
Designed to connect visitors with their natural world, the Environmental Center highlights the importance of water. One exhibit features fish found in the Reservoir outside. Another traces the journey of a raindrop as it travels through the watershed to the Manasquan River and, eventually, reaches the ocean. Some exhibits reveal what is not readily visible, such as nocturnal animals that call the Reservoir home. Another exhibit compares the effects of a town with unmanaged growth to one that has chosen to establish practices that protect the environment.
Free Nature Programs
Free nature programs are offered on most weekends. Listed below are upcoming programs. Call 732-751-9453 for more information about these free programs.
Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26 at 1 p.m.
Come meet one of our wood turtles and learn all about them.
Turtle Meet and Greet
Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2 at 12 p.m.
Meet one of our resident turtles.
Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9 (self-directed)
View minerals that glow.
Saturday & Sunday, April 15 & 16
Learn how to identify trees by their leaves.
Earth Day Event
Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Come and explore the beautiful woods and wetlands of the Manasquan Reservoir. The day will include nature walks, live reptile and amphibian presentations, children’s crafts and more. Activity times: animal presentations - 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; nature walks: 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and crafts all day.
Snake Meet and Greet
Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m.
Come meet one of our snakes and learn all about it.
National Go Birding Day
Saturday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m.
The last Saturday in April is “National Go Birding Day” and what better way to celebrate then to learn some bird watching tips and practice these in the field. Find out ways to develop your bird identification skills and use these to continue the celebration all year round.
- Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Interstate 195 west. Proceed on I-195 west to Exit 28B, Rt. 9 north-Freehold. Stay in right lane when entering Rt. 9 north. At first traffic light, turn right onto Georgia Tavern Road. Follow Georgia Tavern Road for 0.3 mile. Continue straight for Environmental Center on right or turn right onto Windeler Rd. and continue 1.5 miles to the Visitor Center Reservoir Area on left.
- State Hwy. 9 south from Freehold to Georgia Tavern Rd. Use Jughandle to turn left onto Georgia Tavern Rd. Proceed as above.